In celebration of International Women’s Day, join us for this special film screening
When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women on the front lines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history – the First Intifada in the late 1980s.
This film brings out of anonymity these courageous women activists. Engaged at all levels of society, we learn what is possible when women take the lead in struggles for rights and justice and what we lose when they are stripped of their roles. We also witness the tremendous power of nonviolent organizing: massive street rallies, mobile health clinics, underground schools and concerted boycott campaigns, sustaining the uprising while generating indigenous self-sufficiency. We see how women-led civil resistance can stir the masses, put pressure on power-holders, and affect real structural change. Produced by Just Vision and directed by award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha.
“In ‘Naila and the Uprising,” female activists are not shiny aberrations–they are the unseen spine holding up a movement.”
— The Daily Beast
A local Palestinian activist panel will speak briefly after the film!